Holy Family – 31st December 2017

 

Holy Family – 31st December 2017

Sat 30th          Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 31st          Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

Mon 1st           Cranleigh         10.00am          Solemn Mass – Mary, Mother of God

Tues 2nd                                 NO Mass

Wed 3rd          Cranleigh         7.00pm            Mass

Thurs 4th         Bramley          10.00am          Mass

Cranleigh         Midday            Funeral of Ray Gallally

Fri 5th             Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 5th November 2017

Sat 6th             Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 7th            Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

NEWCOMERS SUPPER

Saturday 20th January

New to the parish?  Come to an evening reception for newcomers following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh on January 20th.   If you have recently become involved in Cranleigh or Bramley, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please sign up here.   Have you registered with us? – Are you new (or old) to the parish but have not given us your details?  Make a note to yourself to tell us about yourself in the new year once Christmas has quietened down a bit.  It really does help us communicate with you, visit you, and know who’s who in the Parish.

Finance Appeal – have you returned an updated Standing Order form to Trish yet?  Have you thought about joining the Gift Aid Scheme if you pay tax and are not yet a member?  If you do the Chancellor gives us an extra 25% at no extra cost to you.  See Trish for further info.

Parish Mission – Have you returned your questionnaire yet?  Or even looked at it?  Can I urge you to, please, as not only are your opinions important to us and the Bishop, but the fact that you are thinking about the mission and life of the Church, and your part in it, will be a great advantage to us.

POKOT Christmas News

Hello All. I hope you had a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.

Here are messages I received recently from Fr Sean McGovern at Rotu and Fr David Conway at Barpello.

“Good morning Eugene
I hope you had a very happy and peaceful Christmas. I’ve just now sent you a few photos of a wonderful day we had at Rotu for Christmas. At least 300 got dinner. 2 large goats 🐐. 10 large cabbages. A sack of rice. And before all that a cup of sweet tea.
Not a scrap was left.
Many thanks to £ a Week.
God Bless! Sean”

And in his message Fr Conway thanked all the members of the Group for our continuing support of his mission and also reported the following about the Dairy Herd which we funded last year with the help of a 50% grant from a Charity.: –

“Dear Eugene.
Greetings and thanks for the efforts of the Pound a Week Group.  Last week we finally purchased three milking cows and one bull to follow.  I will send you photos, to update you.  David”

I will report further when I hear again from Fr Conway. In the meantime, he told me that of the 160 students at the Mission secondary school who sat their final exams, all passed and 74 boys and girls qualified for university or college. A wonderful achievement.

Thank you all for your continuing support for our Pokot projects.  Eugene

THE HOLY FAMILY

FIRST READING (Ecclesiasticus 3: 2-6, 12-14)

The Lord honours the father in his children, and upholds the rights of a mother over her sons.  Whoever respects his father is atoning for his sins, he who honours his mother is like someone amassing a fortune.  Whoever respects his father will be happy with children of his own, he shall be heard on the day when he prays.  Long life comes to him who honours his father, he who sets his mother at ease is showing obedience to the Lord.  My son, support your father in his old age, do not grieve him during his life.  Even if his mind should fail, show him sympathy, do not despise him in your health and strength; for kindness to a father shall not be forgotten but will serve as reparation for your sins.

SECOND READING (Colossians 3: 12-21)

You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful.  Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God; and never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Wives, give way to your husbands, as you should in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and treat them with gentleness. Children, be obedient to your parents always, because that is what will please the Lord. Parents, never drive your children to resentment or you will make them feel frustrated.

 GOSPEL  (Luke 2: 22-40)

When the day came for them to be purified as laid down by the Law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord — observing what stands written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord — and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is said in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to Israel’s comforting and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:  `Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised; because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see, a light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel.’  As the child’s father and mother stood there wondering at the things that were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, `You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will pierce your own soul too — so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.’  There was a prophetess also, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came by just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.  When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. Meanwhile the child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom; and God’s favour was with him.

Fourth Sunday of Advent – 24.12.17

Christmas day is a Holy Day of Obligation 

Crib Collection during the Christmas Season for Catholic Children’s Society Arundel & Brighton Crisis Fund

Dear Brothers and Sisters

The Fourth Sunday of Advent brings us face to face with the central Christian message – that God chose to come to us and “dwell” with us.  “Almighty” God became a little child in a humble stable in order to save us from ourselves and in doing so to show us what it is that makes us most human.  That thing is love.

The readings today are really about a temple.  For the Jewish people the temple was God’s address here on earth; a place where one could be sure of finding God and receiving an audience.  The first reading speaks of David desiring to complete his kingdom by building a temple for the Lord.  Nathan reminds him that, even if this were to be desirable, had he forgotten that in all his troubles and campaigns his God had always been close to him?

The Gospel continues this theme – only this time it is God himself who will build a temple – in the womb of the Virgin Mary and she will be the new temple of the Lord.  At least until His birth when once again God will be close to his people – not in tablets of stone carried around in an ark containing the Law but in the person of Jesus.

Jesus is God’s gift of his God-self to us.  It reveals his desire to be wherever his people are.  If you have been following the readings we have had over the last few weeks from Isaiah you will recognise that in Jesus God has come to “comfort his people”; to “console them”; to “say” to His people that their time of service (to what or who?) is over.  A new beginning is upon them.

Yet sitting here in 2017 with so much division in our own society, so many problems of justice and equality around the world; so much poverty and violence; so many threats to peace and security you could be forgiven for wondering why?  What difference has the birth of Jesus made?

Well, it can be a struggle, I know.  But countless men and women though the ages have found in this simple story of Christ’s humble birth not only inspiration, but a kind of strength, to counter the prevailing ills of society and the world.  Taking courage from the belief that God cares enough about us to “pitch his tent” (literally what “Tabernacle” means) with us and to take the risk of living life among us sharing the same challenges, restrictions, hopes and fears that we all do, these people have changed

the world – and for the better.  Think of Martin Luther King.  Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  St Francis of Assisi. St Anthony of Egypt.  Therese of Liseiux.  Those are the poster men and women.  But what about our parents in faith?  Or ordinary women and men for whom this fact that God chose a human body as his temple and lived our life; our kind of life became their benchmark and reason for living and struggling against evil.

The Christmas story is and will always be ever old and ever new.  Touching and inspiring – inviting us to put away cynicism and scepticism and enter into a simple joy that Christ was born in Bethlehem on Christmas night.  The angels sang for joy.  The shepherds came and saw.  The stable sharing animals adored, each in their own way.  The magi travelled from afar to “see this thing that has come to pass”.  Can we not also travel, in our minds and hearts, to the stable to join the faithful man Joseph and his young bride to be, Mary, and wonder at this thing that God has chosen to do.  This thing that was so unexpected, so amazing, so divine.  I hope we all can and be inspired by doing so.

I wish you all and your families a very merry, and holy, Christmas and pray for God’s blessing upon you and all whom you love this Christmas time and always.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David


To Father David Osborne, and all at Cranleigh and Bramley Churches

Please accept my thanks for the fantastic donation from your very generous congregations of £1032.65 received this evening – £752.65 in cash and £280 in tokens. It’s a fantastic amount so please do thank everybody who gave. We will give your Christmas cards to our residents on Christmas morning each containing a £10 Friary Centre voucher and a £10 cinema ticket which they are not expecting and I know will make a real difference over the festive period.   The Friary Centre has since increased these vouchers to £15 and a parishioner also donated 4 Odeon cinema tickets to the cause, for which we are very grateful.

The money you have so kindly donated is to be kept for New Year’s Eve when staff will use some of it to order in a takeaway and treats for everyone of their choice – either pizza or curry is normally their vote but maybe this year it’ll be Chinese? With the money left over, we save for birthdays that crop up throughout the year and spend on small gifts such as mobile phone top –ups (as they never have enough credit) or book or food tokens.

Needless to say every penny will be spent directly on our residents, for which they will be, and I am, extremely grateful.

Thank-you all once again to everybody who gave for your generosity, we really do appreciate it.

Kindest regards and Merry Christmas

Neale Redman

Some gentle reminders….

The Parish Office will be closed from Friday 22nd December 3pm reopening Friday 29th December 9-12pm.  Father David will also be taking a few days off between Tuesday 26th December and Friday 29th December.

Finance Appeal – have you returned an updated Standing Order form to Trish yet?  Have you thought about joining the Gift Aid Scheme if you pay tax and are not yet a member?  If you do the Chancellor gives us an extra 25% at no extra cost to you.  See Trish for further info.

Parish Mission – Have you returned your questionnaire yet?  Or even looked at it?  Can I urge you to, please, as not only are your opinions important to us and the Bishop, but the fact that you are thinking about the mission and life of the Church, and your part in it, will be a great advantage to us.

Registered with us? – Are you new (or old) to the parish but have not given us your details?  Make a note to yourself to tell us about yourself in the new year once Christmas has quietened down a bit.  It really does help us communicate with you, visit you, and know who’s who in the Parish.

 

 

 

What is your New Year resolution? 

Why not help to make a difference in the fight against poverty and injustice by volunteering for CAFOD?

CAFOD, The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, are currently looking for volunteers to help them in their work. They are many ways to get involved such as in local schools, the parish, in their office (Wonersh or Aldershot), raising issues with our MPs and more.

If you would like more information or feel that you could help CAFOD make a difference then please contact Martin on 01483 898866 or email arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk

BRAMLEY MUSIC CONCERTS IN 2018

Saturday 3rd February at 7pm 

A Celebration of Friendship – Danae Eleni (soprano), Kimon Pallikaropoulos (piano) and Edward Saklatvala (tenor), in support of Dan’s Fund for Burns.

Saturday 17th March at 7pm

 A Grand Night Out  Concert by young disabled adults from the charity the Orpheus Centre, with Sir Richard Stilgoe.

Saturday 21st April at 7pm 

Royal College of Music Concert –a piano recital by RCM graduate Varvara Tarasova.

Saturday 16th June at 7pm 

The Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford.

Saturday 8th September at 7pm 

2018 Celebrity Concert – world famous concert pianist John Lill returns to Bramley.

Saturday 13th October at 7pm 

From Agincourt to Ilkley Moor – a talk by Adrian Leak with musical illustrations by Josephine Leak.

Saturday 17th November at 7pm 

100 Years On – an Armistice Concert with Richard Saxel and friends, to mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Enquiries

If you’d like to know more, please contact Stuart White – 01483 902645 or stuartwhite@waitrose.com (apart from in relation to the Orpheus concert, where enquiries should be directed to the Parish Office on 01483 890042 / office@holytrinitybramley.org.uk).

  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means “God is with us.” (Matthew 1:23)

Wishing you a happy and Holy Christmas
Thank you for your prayers and support
during the year
and our very Best Wishes for the coming Year

God Bless!

The Team at Heaven’s Road Catholic Online Radio

St John’s Seminary, Wonersh,
Guildford, Surrey GU5 0QX

For our Christmas schedule visit http://www.heavensroadfm.com/schedule/

Third Sunday of Advent – 17.12.17

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Gaudete Sunday!  What, I hear you say?  Gaudete is Latin for Rejoice! and we are asked to do just that. The first reading is from the so called “Gospel of consolation in the Prophet Isiaih and St Paul in the second reading urges us to be happy; always happy in the Lord .  Even the vestments are rose colour.

Rose is a lighter version of violet, because today the penitential violet is mixed with the white of the approaching festival.

It is part of human nature that we cannot go on being penitent for a long time, or we sink into a settled and insincere gloom rather than working at the definite and active spiritual exercise called penance. The Church knows human nature, and both in Advent and Lent there is a moment where the atmosphere of penance and preparation is brightened by a shaft of light from the glorious season we are preparing ourselves for.

The third Sunday of Advent tells us ‘Gaudéte, rejoice!’ because the Lord is near and the fourth Sunday of Lent says ‘Lætáre, Ierúsalem, be joyful, Jerusalem, and all who love her!’ because she herself is loved by the Lord. On Gaudete and Laetare Sundays, therefore, the dark penitential violet may be lightened to what the documents call ‘rose’ but most laymen would call ‘pink’.

This happens where it is traditional, and appropriate, and vestments of this extra colour are available. Otherwise there is nothing wrong in keeping violet as violet. Ultimately the liturgical colours are there to serve us, not we to serve them.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David


The Church at Cranleigh will be decorated on Saturday at 11am.  Please join the small team of volunteers to help string fairy lights and decorate the tree.   Your help is needed and would be greatly appreciated.


DAWN TO DUSK

A day of prayer, adoration and reconciliation at St Joseph’s Guildford.

Day – Saturday 16th December: Time: 5am until 5pm.

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration throughout the day and priests will be available also to hear confessions and absolve penitents.

Come, stay as long as you like and then go to do some shopping (if you really must!)


The Advent Reconciliation Service will take place THIS Sunday 17th December in Cranleigh at 3pm.  Our First Holy Communion children (30+ of them!) will be receiving their First Reconciliation.  All people of the parish are encouraged to attend.  You might like to come to the service even if you intend to make your confession the following weekend and use the penitential service as a helpful and joyful examination of conscience to help prepare yourself.


Christmas Lunch – Please join us for friendship and fellowship the annual Parish Christmas Lunch is on Tuesday 19th December in the Bramley Parish Room after the 11h30 Mass. It’s a traditional 3 course Christmas dinner with trimmings and wine – great value at £6! Numbers are limited to 24, so please contact Bev (892712 or mark.bev@btopenword.com) or Dinah (271241) to book a space.


Some gentle reminders….

Finance Appeal – have you returned an updated Standing Order form to Trish yet?  Have you thought about joining the Gift Aid Scheme if you pay tax and are not yet a member?  If you do the Chancellor gives us an extra 25% at no extra cost to you.  See Trish for further info.


Parish Mission – Have you returned your questionnaire yet?  Or even looked at it?  Can I urge you to, please, as not only are your opinions important to us and the Bishop, but the fact that you are thinking about the mission and life of the Church, and your part in it, will be a great advantage to us.


Registered with us? – Are you new (or old) to the parish but have not given us your details?  Make a note to yourself to tell us about yourself in the new year once Christmas has quietened down a bit.  It really does help us communicate with you, visit you, and know who’s who in the Parish.

Second Sunday of Advent – 10th December 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

One of the things we seek to do as Church is to draw people’s attention to the things of God – often against their will.  Isaiah says in the first reading that a voice cries: “Prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord.”  And I often think that the word wilderness, in regard to people’s lives, is somewhat apt.  They are a wilderness.  They have some beautiful things in there but also some wild weeds and worse.  Elbow (the rock n roll band) wrote a song which began “A friend of mine grows his very own brambles” of a friend who was making a mess of his life.  That’s a bit strong I suppose to use generally but it is sort of true.  People do have lots of joy and happiness in their lives but also lots of stress and strains.  This can sometimes be seen towards the end of the office Christmas party when someone becomes tearful and sad – a situation exacerbated by drink which is often used to cover over our problems or at least numb them.

The “message” of Christmas which we are preparing for is that God has come to console us in our difficulties and also to lead us (by example) along different pathways and options to the fullness of life.  To enjoy the fullness of life we will most probably have to own up to what is wrong in us and face it.  That’s why this season has a strong element of the penitential in it – if not in quite the same way as Lent.  The Psalm tells us that the Lord’s voice “speaks of peace” and “his help is near.” Indeed his help is near – as is he – in him mercy and faithfulness have met and justice and peace embraced.  He will not abandon us, nor forget us in our trials and he will also encourage us in our doubts and strengthen us for goodness.

You see we are called, as a people, to be heralds of the Good News.  The Good News is about, and is Jesus.  He is, as St Paul says the “yes” of God.  Yes to you, and yes to me.  It can only be a yes if he is prepared to overlook our faults.  He does that and more.  Because in our lives he is an abiding presence, strengthening, consoling, healing and forgiving.

Speaking of brambles.  Don’t forget that it was he who wore them as a faux crown.  We don’t need to grow our own.  He bears those wounds for us.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David 

New to the Parish or just keen to meet everyone You will be made welcome at the evening reception following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh on January 20th.   If you have recently become involved in Cranleigh or Bramley, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please sign up on the Parish Events page of the website. 

The Parish are going to be selling Tombola Tickets after the next few weeks Masses in order to raise funds for the Parish Hall which is still an ongoing concern.  The prizes include nice bath sets, books, booze, candles, chocolates, and odds are good to win something.  Please support this venture.

Christmas Lunch  Please join us for friendship and fellowship the annual Parish Christmas Lunch is on Tuesday 19th December in the Bramley Parish Room after the 11h30 Mass. It’s a traditional 3 course Christmas dinner with trimmings and wine – great value at £6! Numbers are limited to 24, so please contact Bev (892712 or mark.bev@btopenword.com) or Dinah (271241) to book a space.

CTC Community Christmas Day Lunch will be hosted by St Nicolas Church.  To book your place please contact Sheila Smith 274376 by Friday 15th December.  Please see the poster in the porch. 

TIME CHANGE TO 3PM – The Parish Reconciliation Service will take place on Sunday 17th December in Cranleigh from 3pm.  Our First Holy Communion children (30+ of them!) will be receiving their First Reconciliation.  All members of the parish are encouraged to attend.  You might like to come to the service even if you intend to make your confession the following weekend and use the penitential service as a helpful and joyful examination of conscience to help prepare yourself. 

Second Collections
The collections from both of our churches achieved the grand total of £554.73 for World Mission Sunday October 22nd. And £1032.25 for No5 Footsteps Homeless Charity Thank you to all those who gave so generously to these worthy causes.

“LO HE COMES” – We are invited to join our friends at St Nicolas on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Church.  13th Dec – “The Light is Coming”, 20th Dec – “The Child is Coming”.  Please see the poster in the porch.

Great Pokot News

Earlier this week we transferred the magnificent sum of £13,450 to Pokot. All of this wonderful sum came from Pound a Week Group donations since July and related Gift Aid tax refunds. Some £6,611 was to pay the 2017/18 university fees of fifteen former students at the Mission school; another £3,252 was for next year’s school fees for some of the fourteen boys and girls currently being sponsored by Group members; £1,000 was for Fr Conway to spend where he sees the greatest need; and a balance of £587 was for him to buy a gift (perhaps a milking camel or a cow) for the impoverished family of the boy Robert, a student at the school, who tragically died recently of appendicitis. The remaining £2,000 was for Fr Sean McGovern to use at the Rotu Mission as he thinks best.  He has now told me “The kind donation of £2,000 I will use for the Nursery pre-primary school which is still very much in the development stage. It will be a big help in paying the teacher and getting more books. A thousand thanks to the Pound a Week Group.” Fr Conway has also reported that he has used his £1,000 to help pay the cost (£1,500) of an operation for 60-year-old Tikol to remove a virulent cancer in his inner ear.

I will report further when Fr Conway decides on how best to help Robert’s family.  Eugene McGivern at emcgivern@btinternet.com or on 01483-893379.

Win Bracking is still collecting STAMPS.  There is an envelope in the porch.  Many thanks.

Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.

Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Over 50 Coffee Mornings – the next few dates for the successful over 50’s coffee morning are Tuesdays 12th December and then in the New Year 9th and 23rd January and 6th and 20th February from 10pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  All are welcome.

POWER TO BE

World-wide, one in six people do not have access to electricity. This has a serious impact on their lives and especially on children’s education – they need power to be who they can be. The most efficient and effective way to provide electricity is through small-scale, local, renewable energy generation and distribution networks.  The World Bank funds energy projects for the poorest communities, including money from the UK, but less than 3% of this supports sustainable energy. CAFOD is campaigning to change this. If you have not already done so, please sign the on-line petition to Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank. Go to:

https://e-activist.com/page/7676/petition/1

The campaign closes at the end of December, so please take this simple but important action in the next few days. Many thanks.

Two Advent Events at Chilworth Abbey
You are warmly invited to prepare for Christmas in the best possible way by going to confession, and receiving absolution for your sins. The Service is at 7.15 pm on Friday 15th of December. Priests, whom do not know and who does not know you, will be available to hear individual confessions. The Blessed sacrament will be Exposed for Adoration and concludes with Night Prayer with the Monastic Community at 8.30 pm.
Please come also to our Monastic Advent Carol Service, at 3pm on Sunday the 17th of December to begin celebrating Christmas with heart-warming Carols, beautiful sung plainchant by the Monks, inspiring readings, followed by a convivial sharing of mulled wine and mince pies in the Assisi room. Bring a friend if you can, to share our joy at the birth of the Saviour of us all, Jesus Christ, the Lord.

If you would like to send Christmas greetings to Christians in the Holy Land, Liverpool Diocese has prepared a web page with all the information you need http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/cardcampaign

Please join us for an EXTRA day of prayer and fasting, on Monday the 11th December, the vigil of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia in this Country. Your prayer and fasting is urgently needed, and it really does save lives. Please also pray especially that politicians and councillors won’t hinder the pro-life presence outside abortion clinics and that buffer zones won’t be introduced. For information on the days of Prayer and Fasting see: www.GoodCounselNetwork.com

PACT Call for Support:  As you may know, we currently have over 500 volunteers across England and Wales, but we need more in certain areas to support ex-prisoners, prisoners’ children and families, and also prisoners themselves.  We have a number of volunteering opportunities now for Catholics in these areas.

We are needing volunteers for HMP Downview, HMP Coldingley and HMP Send.  The roles will range from welcoming families into the Visitors center, supporting the children in the play area as well as working in the Tea bar area.  If you are interested in learning more please contact emma.oconnor@prisonadvice.org.uk or 07712 306940.  Or apply online at www.prisonadvice.org.uk.  There is training commencing in the New Year.

First Sunday of Advent – 03.12.17

Christmas collection after mass on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December for the Number Five Homeless shelter

Dear Brothers and Sisters

With this newsletter, you will find a questionnaire, which is asking you to think about your response to some important questions facing the Church at the moment.  I will be saying more about this during the homily.

The fact that we are having a questionnaire reveals that we are living in changing times.  We need to rethink what we mean by “Church” and what I mean by belonging to the Church.  The way we worship is also adapting and changing as well.  Not that the Mass has changed materially but we have new opportunities to make worship open and engaging for all people.

A parishioner has generously donated some money for a new project.  And I have one in mind which I think could be very useful and help us in the future.  I have long thought about having retractable screens in the church that could show short films, words of songs and readings, meaningful pictures that help us to think more deeply about certain aspects of our faith and worship and show news and important information.  This sum of money will help us do all that at Cranleigh. And perhaps put up some notices screens at Bramley as the church there isn’t well suited to screens.

This is therefore a way of informing you of my plans and also asking you what you think about this possibility?  If you haven’t experienced this sort of thing before the Catholic churches in Guildford all have these screens as do the Methodist, Baptist and, I think, the Anglican churches in Cranleigh.

To make them effective we will need to recruit some operators who can put together information onto slides, make sure we have the words of the right hymns and songs and be able to process them through the mass as we go so that everyone has a “seamless experience”

Let me know what you think.  We have the funding in place and I think this would be most useful.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

New to the Parish or just keen to meet everyone You will be made welcome at the evening reception following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh on January 20th.   If you have recently become involved in Cranleigh or Bramley, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please sign up on the Parish Events page of the website.

Date Change for Care Group meeting is re-scheduled for 1st December at 11am at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

The Monday Advent Group will start as usual at 10am on Monday November 27th at 6 Linersh Drive, Bramley.

All are welcome.  I would be grateful if you can let me know if you are coming on   01483 894048. Maureen Loveder.

The Parish are going to be selling Tombola Tickets after the next few weeks Masses in order to raise funds for the Parish Hall which is still an ongoing concern.  The prizes include nice bath sets, books, booze, candles, chocolates, and odds are good to win something.  Please support this venture.

Also for sale are St Cuthbert Mayne Christmas Puddings.

TIME CHANGE TO 3PM – The Parish Reconciliation Service will take place on Sunday 17th December in Cranleigh from 3pm.  Our First Holy Communion children (30+ of them!) will be receiving their First Reconciliation.  All members of the parish are encouraged to attend.  You might like to come to the service even if you intend to make your confession the following weekend and use the penitential service as a helpful and joyful examination of conscience to help prepare yourself.

From Darkness to Light

A Service of Readings and Music for Advent

At St Thomas More Church, Bramley

Sunday 3rd December 2017 – 6.30pm

Followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Room.  All are welcome

“LO HE COMES” – An opportunity to take an hour out in each week of Advent to prepare for Christmas with Words and Music from different traditions presented by the Rector.  We are invited to join our friends at St Nicolas on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Church.  6th Dec – “The King is Coming”, 13th Dec – “The Light is Coming”, 20th Dec – “The Child is Coming”.  Please see the poster in the porch.

Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.

Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Wreath Making Event –  The Friends of St Cuthbert Mayne are hosting this fabulous event again this year on Thursday 7th December from 8pm in the school hall.   £25 a ticket includes a glass of mulled wine and all the materials you need to make a beautiful wreath to enjoy over the festive period.   The event was very popular last year.  There are also Christmas Puddings to be bought at £3 each.  Please let the Parish Office know if you would like to reserve a ticket or buy a pudding.

Over 50 Coffee Mornings – the next few dates for the successful over 50’s coffee morning are Tuesdays 12th December and then in the New Year 9th and 23rd January and 6th and 20th February from 10pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  All are welcome.